The Water Management and Structures Division consists of the following business areas; Administrative Support Services, Structures Design and Construction, Preservation and Planning, Water Operations, Hydrologic Forecasting and Water Management, Forecasting and Response Coordination, Water Control Systems Management and Flood Mitigation Initiatives.
Water Management and Structures ensures safe and effective provincial highway and water control infrastructure and structures, through the delivery of inspection, planning, design, maintenance, rehabilitation and construction activities. Responsible for the overall management of infrastructure inventory that includes: bridges, grade separation structures, large culverts, thru-dike culverts, drains, dams, reservoirs, water control structures, diversions and pumping stations. Provides water management through operation of the provincial water control system, flood forecasting, and development and implementation of emergency response plans.
Design and prepare detailed plans and specifications for water control infrastructure and structure capital projects. Provide contract administration and construction inspection for water control and structures capital projects, including bridges, grade separation structures, dams, drains, control structures, overhead sign structures, large culverts and other miscellaneous structures. Rate the load-carrying capacity of bridges and structures on the highway network and water control network for increased allowable highway loading and review special permit overload applications.
Manage consulting engineering firms retained by the Department for preliminary, detailed design, construction inspection and contract administration services related to water control infrastructure and structure capital projects.
Provide input into and assist in the development of the Department’s Multi-Year Infrastructure Capital Programs based upon inspection and condition assessment of the existing water control and structures inventory. Inspect, monitor, maintain and rehabilitate water control infrastructure and structures, including bridges, overpasses, dams, dikes, large culverts and associated works. Respond to emergency water control infrastructure and structure issues, such as flooding and emergency repairs. Continue to research and utilize innovative new materials, technology and design practices that have the potential to extend the service life of the structural inventory and to ensure sustainable and environmentally compatible design solutions.
Provide water control infrastructure and structures technical advice and recommendations to other government agencies and jurisdictions on hydraulics, soils investigation and analysis, geotechnical design, bridge materials, innovative technologies, structural and related engineering, structures contract administration and construction inspection. Provide technical and survey services for designated Provincial Waterways where necessary for clean out or new construction. Provide the Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship with survey services for drainage applications and enforcement, snow survey data for flood forecasting, waterway capacity analysis and input into litigation and correspondence. Operate water control works including mechanical operating services for dams, control structures, pumping stations and mobile pumping units, regulation and monitoring of all water control works to ensure the needed water control effect is achieved, complete agreements for land acquisition for new waterway construction, utilities right-of-ways for waterways, manage leases to permit hay harvesting from drains.
Perform operations for water supply and regulation purposes, and investigate and respond to public requests for information, including approximately 300 pieces of correspondence annually. Provide fall shut-down, over-wintering and winter maintenance services to mechanical water control works and other works where needed. Provide on-going works monitoring and forecasting services over the winter. Provide spring run-off – flood response services including activation and operation of flood control works, and dike construction. Provide onsite flood response coordination and or construction of earthen/sand bag dikes, operation of water control structures for flood control, and closing and opening of ring dikes. Provide on-site technical support to municipalities and Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs for flood response. Provide program and policy direction and coordination to ensure the sustainable water management on a province wide basis, through the operation of the Province’s water control system, flood forecasting, development and implementation of emergency response plans. Regulate development on flood plains and deliver individual and community flood mitigation programs.
Develop new policy direction including legislation and regulation, and ensuring existing policies and procedures are followed. Oversee funding, negotiate and administer grants and contracts, monitor efficiency and effectiveness of expenditures, and guide provincial input into transboundary water management issues. Member of the following boards and commissions: International Joint Commission’s International Red River Board, International Joint Commission’s International Souris River Board, Red River Basin Commission, Prairie Provinces Water Board, Partners for the Saskatchewan River and Lake of the Woods Control Board.
Participates in programs, planning exercises, studies, analyses and other activities related to provincial waterways; water control infrastructure such as agricultural drains, flood control works, and dams and reservoirs; erosion control programs; flood preparedness, coordination and response; and various water management issues regarding drainage and flooding. Operate a Hydrologic Forecast Centre that will analyze and model hydrologic data and provide hydrologic reporting, forecasting and warning services to all levels of government and the public.
Promote public safety, give direction to emergency response and facilitate optimum operation of water control works such as dams, diversions and floodways for flood damage reduction.
Promote long-term flood damage reduction by ensuring developments, subdivisions, permits and crown land sales adhere to provincial land use policies regarding the risk of flooding and erosion. Perform dam operations for flood control to ensure sufficient supply of water in reservoirs and rivers and suitable lake levels for recreation and fish and contributes climatic information for the design of water control structures. Perform hydraulic analysis using state-of-the-art hydrodynamic models for flood damage reduction studies and to assess impacts of infrastructure changes such as road and bridge replacements. Operate a provincial network of water level and stream flow gauges and provide hydrometric data in near real time for multiple uses.
Provide hydrological, hydraulic, and other scientific services to support water resources management, to assure the protection of people, and to minimize damage to property from floods and droughts. Collect hydrometric data, provide technical direction and advice on the operation of the Red River Floodway and the Portage Diversion and actively involved with other Canadian and international jurisdictions to share experiences and information on drought and flood management practices. Operate the Province’s hydrometric network and coordinates participation in the national hydrometric cost share program. Conduct research and advanced technical studies in areas such as river geomorphology, hydrodynamic modelling, and river ice engineering. Provides financial assistance to home, cottage, farm and business owners for approved flood protection projects, including building, raising or moving diking.
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All related enquiries and correspondence should be directed to:
Water Management and Structures
6th Floor - 215 Garry Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 3P3
Phone: (204) 945-3773 Fax: (204) 945-4456